I remember a professor I had in Art School criticizing my final slide photography project.
It was on abandoned structures that used to cover pretty much all of Cabbage Town.
He said no one would find burned out, crumbling architecture interesting unless there were people in the photographs to focus on.
I worked really hard on that project. I was chased around by elderly residents, guns drawn, sticks shaken at me and questionable teens wondering what I was doing on their side of town.
I let one person's opinion define me. Urban exploring wasn't even a thing in the late 80's and early 90's. I let some one else plant a seed of doubt in my mind and it effected me creatively for years.
I kept exploring but I am only now getting more confident in actually sharing those photographs.
One of the images that got bashed was one of a lone chimney. Every time I see one I hear his words ring in my head.
Some teachers just suck
Well today I present...the Lone Chimney
Obviously not the same chimney. Cabbage Town is now gentrified and boasts hipster markets and fancy houses where once you could buy a Victorian home that needed work for $30k ( I know I almost bought one ...hindsight and another reason why my first marriage was a bust). Now all those row houses and old crumbling Victorians are fixed up and worth easily $400-500k.
Regardless, it may not be the most interesting subject. It is interesting to me.